Thursday, August 2

Palms In Progress

I've been painting palm fronds this morning. Now it's time to start cutting. I'll need to get out my magnifying lamp to finish them.

I'm also trying to turn a wooden dowel into a palm tree trunk. I scraped it first with a small screw driver to add some texture. Then I cut rings using an old file. The top is carved with my Stanley knife.

Palm tree trunks are not always perfectly straight.  I read on a model railroad site that you can soak the dowels in boiling water to make them bend a little.  I'm going to see how that works next.  Then I will drill a hole in the top of the dowel to add my leaves.

I have this photo on my desk top for inspiration.  Hopefully, my little trees will look something this these?

I like the look of a palm tree in the sun.  The fronds are brighter than the ones in the photo above. They are more like this one found on Flicker.

Looks like I will need to do more hi-lighting on my leaves. I'm only making three of these larger trees.  Right now I'm thinking that is a very good thing!

Hope you have a beautiful day.  I wish I could go hug a palm tree. :D

Update:  After I've done all of this work, I found this great idea!  Using feathers to make palm trees! I may just start over?!


A. Wright said...

That is an awesome tutorial link, thank you! I am soooo going to try this.

Eva - tatalamaru said...

Está muy bien la idea de las plumas, pero yo veo que a ti te quedan las hojas muy realistas, me gustan más las tuyas.
No dejes de enseñar como queda tu palmera, seguro que fantástica.

mcddiss said...

esta muy bien y la idea de las plumas muy originales



Kim said...

I like the feather trees-but I really love the ones you have made too. Your trunk looks fantastic so far!

otterine said...

The trunk you're making looks fab! :D The feathers are a great idea, too.

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